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Research Network on Social Inequality

Dr. Birte Siem

Lecturer, FernUniversität in Hagen

Research Interests:

  • Prosocial behaviour within and between groups
  • Social inequality
  • Effects of empathy on self-related responses
  • Empathy and trust



Publications about Social Inequality:

Aydin, A. L., Ullrich, J., Siem, B., Locke, K. D., & Shnabel, N. (under review). A circumplex analysis of intergroup goals in advantaged and disadvantaged groups.
Aydin, A. L., Ullrich, J., Siem, B., Locke, K, & Shnabel, N. (under review). The effect of social class on agency and communion: Reconciling social cognitive and intergroup perspectives.
Van Egmond, M. C., Rohmann, A., & Siem, B. (in press). Soziale Ungleichheit und Diversität. In C.-W. Hohlmann, C. Salewski & M. A. Wirtz (Hrsg.), Psychologie in der Gesundheitsförderung. Bern: Hogrefe Verlag.
Siem, B., Mazziotta, A., Becker, J. C., & Harth, N. S. (in preparation). A scale assessing different forms of help towards the poor.
Siem, B. & Mazziotta, A. (in preparation). Why are the poor poor? Development and validation of a scale to measure attributions for poverty in Germany.
Becker, J.C., Ksenofontov, I., Siem, B. & Love, A. (under review). Does well-intended mean well done? Social change motives versus paternalism in autonomy- and dependency-oriented help towards refugees.
Lotz-Schmitt*, K., Siem*, B., & Stürmer*, S. (2017). Empathy as a motivator of dyadic helping across group boundaries – The dis-inhibiting effect of the recipient’s perceived benevolence. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 20, 233-259.  *all authors contributed equally to this work.
Siem, B., Stürmer, S., & Pittinsky, T. L. (Eds.). (2016). Proactive behavior across group boundaries: Seeking and maintaining positive interactions with outgroup members [Special issue]. Journal of Social Issues, 72.
Siem, B., Lotz-Schmitt, K., & Stürmer, S. (2014). To help or not to help an outgroup member: The role of the target´s individual attributes in resolving potential helpers´ motivational conflict. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 297-312.
Siem, B., von Oettingen, M., Mummendey, A., & Nadler, A. (2013). When status differences are illegitimate, group’s needs diverge: Testing the needs-based model of reconciliation in contexts of status inequality. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 137-148.
Siem, B., & Stürmer, S. (2012). Meeting recipient’s needs in dyadic cross-group helping: When the nature of the helper’s motivation matters. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 15, 762-775.
Siem, B., & Stürmer, S. (2012). Cross-cultural volunteerism: Examining the effects of intercultural (dis)similaritie’s on volunteers motivations to support international students. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 34, 544-557.